Nature and Tranquility

Flag iris

We created a wildlife pond in the garden two years ago. We were amazed at how quickly amphibians and insects moved in. We surrounded the pond with as many wildflower species as possible. Two of my favourites are yellow flag iris and fox and cubs (see images).

Sitting next to the pond on a warm Summer evening, watching the reflections in the water is very relaxing. I made a short video to remind me of tranquil nature. There is a background sound, which is the river in full spate, after heavy rain. You can hear the song birds singing in the trees whilst, watching the whirlygig beetles spinning on the surface of the pond, causing ripples.

fox and cubs
wildlife pond

I observed this moth resting on a reed in the pond. I discovered it is a narrow-bordered bee hawk-moth. I have lived in this house for 24 years and this is the first time I have ever seen one. Adding a wildlife pond to the garden attracts some amazing insects.

narrow-bordered bee hawk-moth

Spend time in nature to heal your mind, body and soul”.

Dancing ferns

Walking through a wood allows you to observe minute details; the patterns on the bark, the sounds of the leaves rustling in the breeze or the fragrance from the pink purslane flowers drifting through the air. These small observations focus your mind on the “here and now” and “in the moment” making you feel alive in this tranquil and peaceful environment.

After my morning walk through the woods I was inspired to write this poem about the beautiful ferns lighting up the undergrowth. Here is an excerpt.

Dancing Ferns

Uncoiling their fronds and growing up high,

They tremble and quiver and reach for the sky.

Leaves like lace adorning the gloom,

Sweep through the wood like a magical broom.

Acid-green plumes, such a vibrant sight,

Filling the woods with emerald light.

A swaying dance the audience can see,

A spectacular show, natural and free.

©Sue Wood

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